In Their Own Words: The Impact of a New Coat

Without our thousands of funding and coat distribution partners, Operation Warm would not have been able to bring happiness and warmth to 300,000 children last winter. We recently surveyed over 800 coat distribution partner schools and organizations about our program’s impact, and here’s what they had to say:

“All of our scholars wear their coats daily. It is awesome!” Kelly Carideo-Graves, Harford Heights Elementary School, Baltimore, MD

“Some of our students come to us with such needs in many areas and school budgets don’t cover personal needs (socks, underwear, coats, etc.) for our students. It is such a blessing to have organizations like Operation Warm to help us in our mission here.” Brenda Young, Nicholson STEM Academy, Chicago, IL

“Students were smiling. Some were overjoyed. Some were very excited. Some were very grateful and expressed their gratitude weeks after the distribution had taken place.” Rufina Brown, Parker Elementary School, Chicago, IL

“The children were just tickled. They were very proud of their new coat, and stood taller as soon as they put it on.” Laura Milazzo Mackiewicz, La Comunidad Hispana, Kennett Square, PA

Moments like these are the end result of year-round work by Operation Warm, and you can help when you join our monthly giving program. Your gift of only $10 a month provides six brand new winter coats that positively impact vulnerable young lives. Thank you for bringing children this most basic need, which makes them feel special, encourages school attendance on cold winter days, and is a financial blessing to their families.

Photo: Lee Shelly Photography

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